Fiat 124 Spider breaks cover ahead of LA motor show
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fresh rear-wheel drive, two-seat convertible returns the Fiat 124 Spider name to showrooms almost 50 years after the original
The fresh rear-wheel drive, two-seat convertible returns the Fiat 124 Spider name to showrooms almost 50 years after the original product was introduced. The fresh edition will be the product of a joint project between Fiat in addition to Mazda, in addition to in which shares the same platform as the latest generation of the Mazda MX-5.
Fiat’s offering does not use the Japanese car’s normally aspirated engines, however. The sole engine at launch within the UK will be a 138bhp edition of Fiat’s 1.4-litre MultiAir II petrol motor, offering 177lb ft in addition to paired using a six-speed manual transmission.
While Fiat has yet to confirm performance figures, sources suggest in which the 0-62mph time could well match in which of the more powerful 2.0-litre MX-5 (7.3sec), since the 124 Spider trumps in which car’s torque yet will be said to match the kerbweight of the lighter 1.5-litre Mazda.
US-market cars will get a 158bhp edition of the 1.4 MultiAir, incidentally, yet there’s no indication yet on whether in which will be offered in Europe. Fiat will be also likely to offer your vehicle with an automatic transmission within the US – as Mazda does with the MX-5 – yet in which’s unclear if the 124 will be offered in auto form in Europe.
The 124 Spider will be slightly longer than the MX-5, yet in which will be entirely due to slight increases within the front in addition to rear overhangs; the wheelbase of your vehicle remains the same. All of the main Centeng panels have been changed, yet the windscreen, header rail, manually-operated fabric roof in addition to the rollover protection are carried over coming from the Mazda.
The same can be said for the cabin; much more than the external, in which will be clearly derived coming from the MX-5’s, with an very similar architecture in which even incorporates a reskinned edition of Mazda’s 7in touch-screen infotainment system on higher-end editions.
Fiat has tried to mix elements of the original 124 Spider’s styling into the fresh car’s looks, without in which becoming overtly retro. The end result will be a car in which looks a little more style-focused in addition to sophisticated than the needle-nosed MX-5. There’s a bluffer front end, incorporating a hexagonal grille in addition to three-piece LED rings designed to echo the original car’s round headlights. The bonnet incorporates a pair of ‘power domes’ – again, a nod to the later versions of the original 124 Spider.
The flanks have one of the biggest shifts away coming from the MX-5; instead of in which car’s crease, which falls away towards the back wheels, there’s a pronounced kick up over the rear wheelarch. The rear gets rectangular tail-lights which incorporate reversing lights in their centre – another recent Fiat styling trend – in addition to in another neat reference to the original car, the Fiat badge will be mounted on the top of the boot instead of hanging coming from its vertical edge.
The 124 Spider line-up will be likely to be bolstered by an Abarth edition. in which’ll get more aggressive front in addition to rear bumpers, possible blisters on the wheelarches in addition to a more powerful edition of the MultiAir II engine, with around 170bhp. Following Abarth’s desire to produce more ‘extreme’ vehicles, the hot 124 Spider will be also likely to get the MX-5’s limited-slip differential as standard, as well as revised spring in addition to damper settings in which will prioritise agility in addition to cornering stability over cruising comfort.
Fiat has given no indication on pricing – even the regular car will be still almost a year away coming from reaching UK showrooms – yet we’d expect the 124 Spider to be pitched slightly above the MX-5, with entry-level editions costing slightly more than the 1.5 Mazda, at around £19,500.
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